The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - View From The Couch -

Ron Howard clearly is a fan of mu­sic’s greats, hav­ing done his ac­claimed “Eight Days a Week: The Tour­ing Years” doc­u­men­tary about the Bea­tles sev­eral years ago ... and more re­cently turn­ing his at­ten­tion to an opera le­gend by di­rect­ing this fine pro­file. Of course, a wealth of per­for­mance footage is in­cluded as the story of Luciano Pavarotti’s life and ca­reer is re­counted, but the re­sult also in­cor­po­rates pre­vi­ously un­seen footage. It also fea­tures com­ments by such friends and as­so­ciates as Jose Car­reras and Placido Domingo – who teamed with Pavarotti on the cel­e­brated Three Tenors ini­tia­tive – as well as Princess Diana, Nel­son Man­dela, Spike Lee, Bono and Ste­vie Wonder. DVD ex­tras: three “mak­ing-of” doc­u­men­taries.

★★★ (PG-13: P) (Also on Blu-ray and On De­mand)

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